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Z-Up Productions Uses Vicon Mocap System to Recreate Survivor Australia

More than 16 hours of Mocap produced for Magic Lantern Playware's "Survivor" video game (December 05, 2001)
Vicon announced that Z-Up Productions, a motion capture service bureau, has completed the motion capture for Magic Lantern Playware's first video game based on the popular "Survivor Australia" TV gameshow.

Z-Up Productions is known for their motion capture services for performance-analysis in sports such as golf, baseball and tennis; this is the company's first project in the game development area.

Starting in March of 2001, Z-Up Productions began individual character captures of performance actors enacting the various challenges the actual survivors on the television show were faced with.

"We completed 16 hours of motion capture for this game using a 12-camera Vicon 8i. A majority of the capture sessions emulated the same types of physical challenges from the television program. We captured a male and female performer individually rowing a canoe, fishing, running, shooting a sling-shot and other similar outdoor activities.

"Vicon 8 was essential to us on this project, as we depend on delivering accurate motion data to meet our client's expectations," explained Gary Melzer, President, Z-Up Productions. "Also, being that this was our first foray into game development, it was nice to know that we had Vicon's reliable support team to fall back on if we needed it."

Based in St. Louis, MO, Z-Up Productions is the first motion capture service bureau set up in the Midwest. Magic Lantern Playware contracted Z-Up Productions to complete motion capture sessions required for the game's animation. Game developer Magic Lantern Playware collaborated with publisher Infogrames' WizardWorks division to complete the game. Infogrames acquired the exclusive rights to develop and publish "Survivor" games in the US and Canada for PC and Mac, as well as current and next generation console platforms including handheld systems. The "Survivor" game pre-sold 700,000 copies and is available in stores now. Z-Up Productions has also just been retained by Magic Lantern Playware to complete the motion capture forthe "Survivor Africa" game which goes into production shortly.

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